WORLD Japanese, US officials hold talks on bilateral ties, regional issues


Japanese, US officials hold talks on bilateral ties, regional issues


19:35, March 16, 2021

TOKYO, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Senior Japanese and U.S. officials on Tuesday held security talks in Tokyo, discussing bilateral relations and the Korean Peninsula denuclearization, among other issues.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi (from L to R) pose for a photo prior to the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee meeting in Tokyo, Japan, March 16, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attended the so-called "2+2" meeting with their counterparts Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, with both sides vowing to strengthen bilateral alliance.

The two sides also discussed the Korean Peninsula issues as well as other regional matters, according to a joint statement issued after the meeting.

Meanwhile, they vowed to enhance cooperation in new domains, including space and cyberspace, the statement said.

The U.S. officials arrived Monday in the Japanese capital on the first cabinet-level overseas trip by U.S. President Joe Biden's administration members. They are set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is scheduled to visit the U.S. in the first half of April for talks with Biden.

After visiting Japan, Blinken and Austin will travel to Seoul on Wednesday for talks with their South Korean counterparts.

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